Our Diesel Repair Shop - Professional Diesel & Automotive

Get to Know Professional Diesel & Automotive

Professional Diesel & Automotive is a family-owned and operated auto repair shop serving the Glenwood Springs area since January of 2009. We specialize in diesel repair, diesel diagnostics and diesel service. Our owner, Kevin Jochum, has over 20 years of experience in professional automotive and diesel repair. He started his career working directly for Ford for 12 years, earning Ford Motor Company certifications in diesel diagnostics, engine repair, manual transmission and transaxle repair, electrical, differential and four-wheel drive systems, steering and suspension and brake systems. When he realized that nobody in the Roaring Fork Valley area specialized in diesel repair, Professional Diesel & Automotive was born.

“From tackling specific diagnostic issues to running this shop, I love having a challenge to fix a problem and doing it correctly.” - Kevin Jochum, Owner

Our Diesel & Automotive Repair Certifications

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Mobile Air Conditioning Society Certification

MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for total vehicle climate and thermal management, assisting and training auto service technicians to comply with EPA requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment.

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Universal Technical Institute ASE Certification

PDA owner, Kevin Jochum, received training and ASE certification directly from the Universal Technical Institute (UTI). ASE certification recognizes us as knowledgeable professionals, so you can rest assured your vehicle is in experienced and competent hands.

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WORLDPAC Diagnostic Certification

The WORLDPAC Technical Training Program provides advanced level diagnostic training for independent auto repair technicians. WORLDPAC certification recognizes our ability to completely handle the complexities of properly diagnosing and repairing late model vehicles.

Meet the PDA Team

Kevin Jochum
Kevin JochumOwner

Kevin grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and graduated from Roaring Fork High School. Starting with Vocational Technology in high school through UTI in Phoenix, he studied automotive and diesel technology. Following school, Kevin began his auto industry career at Glenwood Springs Ford. After 12 years working at Ford, he started Professional Diesel & Automotive, Inc. Over the course of his journey, he has become certified with multiple Ford Diesel Certifications, HVAC, Master ASE (Auto Service Excellence), ATRA (Auto Transmission Rebuilders Association), ADS (Duramax), BG Products, CMC business classes, and DRIVE. Today, Kevin has over two decades of diesel and auto repair experience. Outside the shop, he enjoys spending time with his family, camping, snowmobiling, dirt biking and boating.

Janae Jochum
Janae JochumOwner

Janae is the 4th/5th generation of her family in the valley. She graduated from Roaring Fork High School and grew up in the “motor” world, making her familiar with the auto industry. Janae also has over 15 years of experience working in business and management. At the shop, Janae is the behind-the-scenes support who writes personal thank you cards to customers, maintains the accounting and marketing, oversees employee productivity and sets the foundation for PDA. When she is not at work, Janae is being mom of two young boys. If she finds time, she likes to ride her motorcycles and be active outdoors.

Eric Carlson
Eric CarlsonService Advisor

Eric is a Colorado native who has resided in the Roaring Fork Valley since 1979. He has more than 36 years of experience in the automotive industry. From September 2016 through December 2018, he went back to school to earn an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences. Now, Eric will be the one you talk to when you call in for service, ready to assist with anything you may need. He will be here to greet you when you come in the shop, and he will help you schedule appointments. Eric currently resides in New Castle with his wife Becky, and he has two daughters who reside outside of the area, as well as two wonderful grandchildren. Eric has a full-time job at home as well, caring for 11 horses, three dogs, and two cats.

Jimmy Kucera
Jimmy KuceraService Advisor

Jimmy is originally from Agate, CO however he has resided in Glenwood Springs for the last 30 years. He has an eclectic background of experience. After completing a 2 year Diesel Mechanic program at Aurora Tech he worked 5 years in the automotive industry which eventually landed him in Glenwood Springs. Ultimately he ended up starting his own company, Architectural Installation & Service for many years until retiring from that. You can find Jimmy to greet you at PDA. He will help you make appointments and inform you about the work that is performed on your vehicle. When Jimmy is not working he is probably gardening, hunting or fishing!

Austin Campbell
Austin CampbellTechnician

Austin was born and raised in Gypsum Colorado. Home of the American Gypsum drywall plant. Austin graduated Eagle Valley High School. During his high school career he worked repairing UTV’s, ATV’s and snowmobiles at a local shop. From there he moved on to a technician position with Berthod Motors and then to PDA. Not only has he had life-long experience with mechanics he also holds a Diesel Master Course Certification from Powertrain Training. While Austin is not wrenching he enjoys spending his time with his family and in the mountains off-roading.

Logan Morley
Logan MorleyTechnician

Logan was born and raised in New Castle, CO. After graduating Rifle High School he continued his education at WyoTech focusing in Diesel. He currently has ASE certifications in Diesel Engines and Electrical. While he is away from work his favorite past times consist of hunting, hiking and four wheeling.

Hernan Gomez
Hernan GomezTechnician

Hernan is a native from the Roaring Fork Valley. He completed a G.E.D. program through Colorado Mountain College and made his way into the automotive industry. After 2 years of experience within a tire shop he joined the team at PDA. Hernan loves to spend time outside of work hiking with his dog, fishing and camping.

Jacob Campista
Jacob CampistaTechnician

Jacob currently lives in Grand Junction while he transitions all the way from California. He moved here to work with the PDA team from a dealership in California. Jacob graduated Summit High School in Fontana, CA where he went on to study at Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Jacobs passions include being adventurous, doing things outside his comfort zone, learning new things and being hands on.